Letters to a Young Mormon (2nd Edition)

Letters to a Young Mormon (2nd Edition)

January | 2018

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"This book frustrated me. Not that I didn't like it, because I enjoyed it immensely. No, it frustrated me because I only wish I had had such a book to read when I was a 1960s teenager with racing mind and hormones. And perhaps more poignantly, I wish it had been available when my children were passing through those difficult and impressionable years. Both tender and gentle, and at the same time provocative and intellectually stimulating, its disarming honesty is only surpassed by the significance of its messages. I recommend it wholeheartedly, for young and old."

—Robert L. Millet, former Dean of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

"Employing a witty, upbeat sense of life, the author teaches without being preachy and encourages deep reflection of serious messages in the gospel of Christ."

Deseret News, review of first edition

"These letters read not like missives from a great distance or from lofty heights, but like the words of a friend who is just a little further along the road, sending back words of warning, encouragement, and the happy reminder to look at all the wonders along the path. No trail of breadcrumbs—these are small bright jewels to mark the way home."

—Kristine Haglund, former editor of Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought

"Too often we paint the gospel as a set of easy answers, a plan of guaranteed happiness. In fact, life can be very tough. ‘I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins’ (Enos 1:2). This book prepares young Mormons to do that wrestling."

—Times & Seasons blog, review of first edition

"Reading it, I felt less tired and more awakened to the climbs and depths of my life and faith. . . . I whole-hardheartedly love this very small and not so simple book; I’ve passed it on to so many others and now I recommend it on to you. A thought-provoking, beautifully written collection of ideas, insight and inspiration by Adam S. Miller."

Segullah, review of first edition

"Faithful, smart, witty, well-written, and accessible—the perfect book for any thoughtful LDS young person."

—James E. Faulconer, former Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University

"Miller writes with a directness and depth that will challenge youth and adult readers to delve a bit more deeply into their own thoughts and beliefs."

—Association for Mormon Letters, review of first edition


"I was in a bit of a spiritual slump before reading this book and it awakened me to the deeper purpose behind prayer, doubt, scripture study, Sabbath worship, virtue, temple blessings, and so much more. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to deepen their faith and feel a renewal of the Spirit."

—Danielle, LDS Living, April 4, 2018

"I honestly don’t think I’ve read anything in the past few years that has had such a powerful effect on the way I view not only my spirituality but also the practice of my religion."

—KaRyn, LDS Living, April 4, 2018

"Miller is excellent at making the reader, whether young or not-so-young, contemplate issues with fresh thoughts and self-examinations. "

—Robert Wheadon, LDS Apologist Now, April 26, 2019

Publication Information

Publication Date: 2018

ISBN 13: 978-1-6297-2323-5

Edition: 2

Page Count: 112

Size: 4.25 x 7

Binding: Paperback

Price: $9.99

Series: Living Faith

Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Deseret Book

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of many books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Draper: Greg Kofford Books, 2012) and Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013), and two editions of Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute & Deseret Book). He also serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

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